Cats Are Simply Graceful

black cat in front of window

Graceful Giuseppe

Nobody posed Giuseppe like this, he just sat in front of the window, curved his back and turned his head, the light reflected off the casement outside and illuminated him from the side casting a mirror shadow of him on the patterned rug. Who could ask for more?

In part, Giuseppe’s saturated blackness accentuates his graceful posture. This photo was taken with the “little” camera that doesn’t handle contrasts so well; sometimes I focus on one or more of the Big Four or Mimi and my camera gives me a confused stuttering beep that means, “I don’t see anything!” Poor little camera. In this case I’m glad Giuseppe’s silhouette is largely saturated because I like the mix of detail and pattern in the rest of the image.

If I were to paint this (hmmm, where did that come from) whether it be watercolor, gouache or pastel, I might flatten things out even more so the patterns were more obvious. This rug has been around for decades and I have photos of plenty of cats on it; in this case it’s covering the dark green wooden cover I have over my three file cabinets which make a tabletop, but against which I can’t photograph black cats. This rug may show up in several other paintings.

In the meantime, I just get to enjoy Giueseppe, who truly loves lives to be enjoyed.


We Have Sweet Corn

tortie cat chewing on corn husks

It's Sweet Corn Time!

I actually think Cookie is as excited as I am about sweet corn time, though I decidedly eat more of it than she does, even though she likes all parts of it—the husks, a few kernels, the empty cobs after I’ve done my thing.

I’ve had other cats who enjoyed sweet corn too; at one time I had empty corn cobs all on a plate on my kitchen floor all summer long for all the cats who enjoyed it, and I usually husked the corn outside because they’d drag the husks all over the house, leave a trail of annoying corn silk everywhere. Does anyone else’s cat like sweet corn?

black cat eating broccoli

Mewsette enjoys a taste of broccoli

It’s not something we necessarily want in their food, or want them to have too much of, but if it makes Cookie happy, who am I to say? She was actually eating dinner, as you see, and when I took it out of my canvas bag she immediately lifted her nose and followed the scent to where I had put it on the table. I thought I’d just put it where it was most convenient for her and let her have her way for a bit because it would be on the floor before I could catch it.

Mewsette, Cookie’s understudy, came along to see what Cookie was doing, but declined a taste, opting for real cat food for once—this was after she had tasted the broccoli you see in the background, yes, another strange food Mewsette enjoys.

No, I am not trying to turn my cats into vegetarians! Perhaps they see me enjoying it so much and want to give it a try.

tortie cat with corncob

Cookie gnaws the corncob

Cookie chewed on the ends of a few fronds, then I picked those off and put the corn in the refrigerator. Later, yes, she had a few kernels and nibbled on the cob from my plate I’d placed on the floor; that was a misty moment, surprisingly, as I remembered all the cats before who’d shared the corn cob with her—Sophie, Kublai, Fawn, Namir, Sally and occasionally a few others.

So Cookie is still at it, and Mewsette is doing pretty well as an understudy.

Here are other posts featuring Cookie’s Kitchen Escapades including the most recent:
And A Bag of Rotini For a Bed
Cookie Dough in the Salad Bowl
Sweet Dreams, and a…Tomato for Your Pillow
Cookie in the Pasta Bowl
A Cookie in Every Pot
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cheesecake

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About that Petties award—the award amount is now up to $1,000 for category winners! I also just discovered that the Homeless Cat Management Team is in a matching grant collaboration with Animal Care & Welfare: up to $50,000 in donations toward HCMT’s proposed permanent clinic will be matched by AC&W. I had initially mentioned FosterCat, but I would love to turn this $1,000 into $2,000 toward a permanent clinic for HCMT to continue their work in TNR in the Pittsburgh area. I’ll make it up to FosterCat with a special “auction” of artwork later in the summer.

So, if you enjoy the articles, photos and artwork you find on The Creative Cat, please nominate me in the Petties 2011, Dogtime’s Pet Blog Awards. You can nominate for more than one category, but The Creative Cat seems to fit in the Best Designed Blog because there is no life without images, all those photos and artwork and visual ideas I love to share. You could also nominate me for Best Blog Post if there is a particular blog post you find memorable. I would send any award money to Homeless Cat Management Team for all they do in finding foster homes and permanent homes for cats who have no other chance. Here is the information you need for nomination:
Name: The Creative Cat
Nominee URL: https://portraitsofanimals.wordpress.com/
Nominee e-mail: bernadette@bernadette-k.com
Click here to go to Dogtime’s Petties 2011.



Help Turn $1,000 into $2,000 for HCMT With Petties 2011 Pet Blog Awards

About that Petties award—the award amount is now up to $1,000 for category winners! You have until tomorrow, June 29, to vote.

I also just discovered that the Homeless Cat Management Team is in a matching grant collaboration with Animal Care & Welfare: up to $50,000 in donations toward HCMT’s proposed permanent clinic will be matched by AC&W. I had initially mentioned FosterCat as the recipient of any award money I might win, but I would love to turn this $1,000 into $2,000 toward a permanent clinic for HCMT to continue their work in TNR in the Pittsburgh area. I’ll make it up to FosterCat with a special “auction” of artwork later in the summer.

Click here to read about the Homeless Cat Management Team.

So, if you enjoy the articles, photos and artwork you find on The Creative Cat, please nominate me in the Petties 2011, Dogtime’s Pet Blog Awards. You can nominate for more than one category, but The Creative Cat seems to fit in the Best Designed Blog because there is no life without images, all those photos and artwork and visual ideas I love to share. You could also nominate me for Best Blog Post if there is a particular blog post you find memorable. I would send any award money to Homeless Cat Management Team for all they do in finding foster homes and permanent homes for cats who have no other chance. Here is the information you need for nomination:

Name: The Creative Cat

Nominee URL: https://portraitsofanimals.wordpress.com/

Nominee e-mail: bernadette@bernadette-k.com

Click here to go to Dogtime’s Petties 2011.


Arrangement of Four Black Cats

four black cats in dim light

Arrangement of Four Black Cats

I tired them out with my work in my studio at night. This isn’t the same four as when the Basement Cats came to get my soul, but it is Mimi closest to the camera, then Jelly Bean, Mr. Sunshine in profile and Giuseppe sitting up nearest the wall.

They don’t even need to do anything and they are beautiful. All that sleepiness in the warm glow of one my drawing lights, so soft and comforting to me. The errant drawing paper, cardboard, foam core, my mat cutters, no matter, they can make a bed of anything if they are all together. I suspect it’s nice that I’m there too since there is not much chance they’d all be in there if they weren’t supervising me.

They’d better get used to this spot because it’s also to be used for my mini photo studio. Details later.

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About that Petties award—the award amount is now up to $1,000 for category winners! I also just discovered that the Homeless Cat Management Team is in a matching grant collaboration with Animal Care & Welfare: up to $50,000 in donations toward HCMT’s proposed permanent clinic will be matched by AC&W. I had initially mentioned FosterCat, but I would love to turn this $1,000 into $2,000 toward a permanent clinic for HCMT to continue their work in TNR in the Pittsburgh area. I’ll make it up to FosterCat with a special “auction” of artwork later in the summer.

So, if you enjoy the articles, photos and artwork you find on The Creative Cat, please nominate me in the Petties 2011, Dogtime’s Pet Blog Awards. You can nominate for more than one category, but The Creative Cat seems to fit in the Best Designed Blog because there is no life without images, all those photos and artwork and visual ideas I love to share. You could also nominate me for Best Blog Post if there is a particular blog post you find memorable. I would send any award money to Homeless Cat Management Team for all they do in finding foster homes and permanent homes for cats who have no other chance. Here is the information you need for nomination:
Name: The Creative Cat
Nominee URL: https://portraitsofanimals.wordpress.com/
Nominee e-mail: bernadette@bernadette-k.com
Click here to go to Dogtime’s Petties 2011.


Curl Up With a Good Book

two cats with books

Kelly and Mimi pass a summer afternoon in the library.

Curling up on one counts just as well. Kelly can absorb the contents while she sleeps. She and Mimi found a happy spot on a long hot summer afternoon, and no one said you had to open them up to read them.

Don’t look too closely at the specks on the mirror—doesn’t everyone have cat snot on their mirrors and windows? And probably a lot of other places where it’s harder to see. Photoshop comes in handy for things like that but I thought I’d be honest. I should clean before I go about photographing my house, but I shoot first and Photoshop later.

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If you enjoy the articles, photos and artwork you find on The Creative Cat, please nominate me in the Petties 2011, Dogtime’s Pet Blog Awards. You can nominate for more than one category, but The Creative Cat seems to fit in the Best Designed Blog because there is no life without images, all those photos and artwork and visual ideas I love to share. You could also nominate me for Best Blog Post if there is a particular blog post you find memorable. I would send any award money to FosterCat for all they do in finding foster homes and permanent homes for cats who have no other chance. Here is the information you need for nomination:
Name: The Creative Cat
Nominee URL: https://portraitsofanimals.wordpress.com/
Nominee e-mail: bernadette@bernadette-k.com
Click here to go to Dogtime’s Petties 2011.


Basement Cats Have Come for My Soul

four black cats

Basement Cats Have Come for My Soul

I always knew the day would come. You can’t live with five black cats and not know there is a reason they’ve chosen you. Don’t they look a little somber? At least their little mom was not involved in the action.

Mimi was there, just on a different table top, and not at all concerned with what her children were doing.

Actually, they’ve come to observe me working, again. They are on the worktable/drafting table in the corner of my newly restored/renovated/cleaned/organized studio, which I have apparently place there with no obstructions for their benefit. In fact, I’ve carried out the entire month-long activity for their amusement and benefit. I’m glad I could be of service to them.

This room was always the “spare cat room” until it just got too crowded, the reason for the newness; in fact, I carried the Big Four and Mimi into this room in a box almost four years ago, and the drafting table where I had their big cage was in the same place it is now. Perhaps they remember it, but I doubt that. I think that’s just my human sentimentality!

I was a disappointed the photo was somewhat blurry, so I adjusted contrast, enhanced colors, ran it through a few fun filters in Photoshop and came up with something that used the soft edges and luridly described the situation. Here’s another take on it, red violet lighting to enhance the weirdness of the situation.

four black cats in purple

Basement Cats in Violet

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If you enjoy the articles, photos and artwork you find on The Creative Cat, please nominate me in the Petties 2011, Dogtime’s Pet Blog Awards. You can nominate for more than one category, but The Creative Cat seems to fit in the Best Designed Blog because there is no life without images, all those photos and artwork and visual ideas I love to share. You could also nominate me for Best Blog Post if there is a particular blog post you find memorable. I would send any award money to FosterCat for all they do in finding foster homes and permanent homes for cats who have no other chance. Here is the information you need for nomination:
Name: The Creative Cat
Nominee URL: https://portraitsofanimals.wordpress.com/
Nominee e-mail: bernadette@bernadette-k.com
Click here to go to Dogtime’s Petties 2011.


A Special Needs Stray Needs a Special Home

orange kitty

Parker, a sweet stray kitty who needs a home!

From the time he was a kitten, Parker has had some neurological problems, really just amounting to a tremor in his head.

Problem is, Parker lives in a managed stray and feral colony, and according to the manager the area is not entirely safe since neighbors have been trapping cats and taking them to be euthanized. While they protect the colony from this, Parker is at special risk.

He was recently neutered and given basic veterinary care where the veterinarian said he may outgrow it, and in fact it seems to be getting better as he gets older. Being a stray they did not pursue the exact cause, but the colony manager doesn’t want to see him outside over winter because of his condition.

Parker is about a year old, is a sweet, friendly little guy who’s had all his vaccinations and will be FeLV tested if someone agrees to adopt him.

If you know of anyone who would be willing to give this little guy a home, please call Denise Charmillo on 412-421-7534.

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If you enjoy the articles, photos and artwork you find on The Creative Cat, please nominate me in the Petties 2011, Dogtime’s Pet Blog Awards. You can nominate for more than one category, but The Creative Cat seems to fit in the Best Designed Blog because there is no life without images, all those photos and artwork and visual ideas I love to share. You could also nominate me for Best Blog Post if there is a particular blog post you find memorable. I would send any award money to FosterCat for all they do in finding foster homes and permanent homes for cats who have no other chance. Here is the information you need for nomination:
Name: The Creative Cat
Nominee URL: https://portraitsofanimals.wordpress.com/
Nominee e-mail: bernadette@bernadette-k.com
Click here to go to Dogtime’s Petties 2011.